Meet Our Leadership

Our Executive Leadership Team

Bob Osbourne
Executive Director

Bob Osborne

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Bob’s career began in Africa with relief and development organizations including UNICEF and CARE. It was during his time in Kenya and Mozambique that Bob came to Christ through the influence of missionaries serving there. That not only changed the trajectory of his life, but also his work.

Upon returning to the U.S., Bob served as Executive Director of the Charlottesville, Va., affiliate of Love INC and then as Director of Missions and Ministries at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Bringing together many aspects of his background, Bob joined Serge in 2002 as U.S. Director and was appointed Executive Director in 2005.

Bob and his wife Nancy have two grown children and in his spare time, he loves to garden and play bocce ball.

Senior Director of Mission

Josiah Bancroft

As a pastor, a church planter, and a missionary, Josiah has a heart to see God’s grace and power work in new ways in the church and throughout the world. A graduate of Covenant College and Reformed Theological Seminary, Josiah planted three churches in the U.S. before he and his wife Barbara joined Serge with their three children in 1992. Josiah was drawn to the work of Serge because of the organization’s commitment to grace and its focus on the gospel for the believer and through the believer to the world. Josiah served with Serge in a variety of roles until 2005, including team leader, pastor, field director, U.S. Director, and Missions Director. After co-pastoring Grace Community Church in Asheville, North Carolina for five years, Josiah returned to Serge in 2011 as Senior Director of Mission.

Josiah enjoys reading theology, poetry and novels, dabbling in tech, and Barbara’s marvelous cooking.

Senior Director of Operations

Matt Allison

Matt points to Serge as a ministry that has helped him know and experience the love of God since his childhood. While he was growing up, his mom and dad were impacted through the Sonship program and he experienced their life transformations in “real time.” After graduating from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Ga., Matt joined Serge as part of the mission team in Bundibugyo, Uganda.

In Uganda Matt sought to share the love of the Father with the marginalized and poor, as a member of a larger Serge team focused on healthcare, education, evangelism, church strengthening, and other community development projects. Upon completing his term in Uganda, Matt returned to the U.S. and eventually pursued graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Rochester.

In 2012 Matt returned to Serge to lead the mission’s mobilization effort. Matt and his wife Rachel live in West Philadelphia. He is a dedicated cyclist, including a regular 15-mile ride to work. His days are filled with travel, reading, hospitality, and membership at City Church, Philadelphia.

Global Leadership

Area Director for Ireland and Europe

Eric Brauer

God had already called Eric and his wife Karen to overseas ministry when they encountered Serge during Eric’s time in seminary. An ordained minister and evangelist with a background in college ministry, his work with Serge began in Ireland facilitating church planting and then leading in various roles, including now as Area Director for Ireland and Central and Eastern Europe.

Eric and Karen have seven children (and three kids-in-law), and he enjoys cultivating a garden, hiking, reading, and board games…when the kids are in town.

Area Director for Ireland and Europe

Karen Brauer

Karen and her husband Eric have lived in Europe for 25 years, raising babies, toddlers, school-age and college students. Their children have attended national school in Ireland, as well as Black Forest Academy, an international boarding school in Germany, where Karen also worked as an art teacher.
Area Director for U.K. & South Asian Ministries

Bob Heppe

Bob became involved with Serge as a young adult after coming to faith in Jesus through the ministry of founder Jack Miller. In 1994 Bob and his family moved to London to bear witness to the love and grace of Jesus among South Asians (primarily Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh backgrounds). The ministry now involves evangelism and church planting in several areas of the UK, and supervision of teams working directly in India. Bob and his wife Keren’s children are now adults, married, working or going to university in the U.K. They are grandparents to three grandchildren, who live nearby.

In addition to fun with family, and life in the church community, Bob and Keren enjoy movies, reading, and drives in the English countryside.

Area Director for U.K. & South Asian Ministries

Keren Heppe

Keren co-leads Serge’s U.K. and South Asian Ministries with her husband Bob and spends much of her time heading the ASHA Charity shops. ASHA is an arm of the U.K. work that was established to raise funds for the relief of poverty, oppression, and injustice as well as for the promotion of health, education and economic opportunity in the developing world with a special emphasis on South Asia.
Area Director for Serge Apprenticeships

Cindy Hylton

Cindy had long loved missions, but it was a short-term trip to Ireland with Serge that revealed there was a place for her to use her gifts. Combining her skills and experience honed through motherhood, teaching home school and Sunday School, and serving mentor and small group leader, she and her husband Joel began working with Serge’s Apprenticeship Program, first in Dublin and now in London. There, she mentors and disciples the next generation of leaders working in cross-cultural ministry.

Cindy loves reading, films, theatre, music, exploring, and making the most of wherever she is.

Area Director for Serge Apprenticeships

Joel Hylton

A pediatrician by training, Joel fell in love with the vision of the Serge Ireland team during a short-term trip to help with the training of summer interns. He left his career in medicine in 2004 to join the work God was doing through Serge. In 2009, Joel and his wife Cindy moved to London to begin the Serge Apprenticeship Program there and has led the program as Area Director since 2012.

The father of four adult daughters, Joel reads, writes, hikes, and explores in and around London.

Area Director for Renewal

Patric Knaak

As a pastor, Patric’s life, marriage, and ministry were radically changed through the Mentored Sonship program. It’s now his great joy to be part of making that same teaching and mentoring available to a new generation of Christian leaders. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton Graduate School, Patric’s background includes Christian publishing in addition to his pastoral work.

He’s husband to Jennifer, father to Parker and loves it when they can join him to see what God is up to in the world. He loves to read, dabbles in vintage fountain pens, and has never met BBQ he didn’t like.

Area Director for East Africa

Dr. Jennifer Myhre

As an eight-year-old girl, Jennifer heard the call to medical mission when a Dutch female missionary doctor spoke to her Pioneer Girls group. A graduate of the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Jennifer completed her pediatric training at Northwestern University’s Children’s Memorial Hospital and, along with her husband Scott, began serving with Serge in Uganda 1993. In 2011, Jennifer and her family moved to Kenya where she served as Clinical Head of Pediatrics at Kijabe Hospital for five years. The Myhres transitioned to a Kenyan government hospital in Naivasha in 2016 where they focus on programs to improve newborn survival while continuing to invest in training young Kenyan doctors.

Jennifer finds joy in her four children, writing novels, spending time in the wilderness, and sharing her home and meals with others.

Area Director for East Africa

Dr. Scott Myhre

Following the example of Jesus in neglected areas of Africa by healing, teaching, and preaching the good news of the Kingdom, Scott and his wife Jennifer have served with Serge since 1993. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, and Johns Hopkins University. While serving as a physician in Uganda, he was team leader of the Bundibugyo team and director of Kwejuna Project, a program to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission. After five years at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya, Scott and Jennifer now work in nearby Naivasha improving maternal health while also supervising Serge teams in Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, and Burundi.

The father of four, when he’s not working, Scott stays active by running, cycling, and playing soccer and tennis. He also enjoys making brick oven pizza and perfecting the art of making cappuccino.

U.S. Leadership

Author / Speaker / Encourager

Barbara Bancroft

Barbara has been in full-time, vocational ministry with her husband, Josiah, for most of their 39 years of marriage. Their work has included two U.S. church plants and leading international mission teams in Ireland. Barbara travels extensively with Josiah encouraging the many missionaries and pastor’s wives she meets around the world. Barbara also speaks at conferences and women’s events bringing her passion for women’s issues and the unique pressures on women in ministry. She and Josiah have three children and three grandchildren.
Director of Communications

Piper Fordham

Piper comes to Serge with more than 25 years of writing, teaching, and nonprofit management experience. She started her career as a reporter and worked for newspapers, wire services and magazines, specializing in economic development. She then shifted to communications and strategic planning for various international ministries. She is passionate about Thy Kingdom Come and is eager to tell about Serge's Kingdom work. She and her husband live in the Philadelphia area with three somewhat grown children and a badly behaved basset hound.
Director of Mobilization

Michelle Hopping

As Director of Mobilization, Michelle leads a team of recruiters who walk with people through discerning their calling and interests related to missions. Mobilization works with individuals and churches to help them envision their place in kingdom work and to send people to Serge fields globally.

Before joining Serge in 2020, Michelle spent 17 years in the MBA career management space working with employers, alumni, and students at both The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and The Johnson School at Cornell University. Her work included relationship building and business development with large and small companies across industries. She managed a team of career advisors, employer engagement leads, and operations staff to meet goals of student placement and student satisfaction.

Michelle grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and attended Syracuse University where she earned a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish Language & Literature. Her husband Dave is Pastor of Emerging Generations at New Life Dresher, and they live in Glenside with their three children.

Member Care Director

Lindsay Kimball

Lindsay was first introduced to Serge through a summer internship in Prague in 2008, followed by serving for two years with a church-planting team in Vienna, Austria. Her time on the field formed in her a passion to see missionaries renewed in the gospel in the midst of their labor, and to see missionaries cared for in ways that lead to longevity in ministry. Since 2012, Lindsay has worked in Serge's Home Office, first as a recruiter and Sonship mentor, followed by serving as Global Learning Leader and Associate Director of Mission. Lindsay now serves as Member Care Director, and loves thinking about and planning for how to help our workers and their families grow in resilience and thrive on the front lines. Lindsay earned her MA in counseling at Missio Seminary, and is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. She lives in the Brewerytown neighborhood of Philadelphia, and enjoys biking, hosting friends, and serving with her local church community.
Director of Development

Jennifer Knaak

Jennifer assumed the role of Director of Development in September 2018 after wearing many different hats at Serge for more than a decade. She and her husband Patric (Director of Renewal) first connected with Serge in the 90’s at a Sonship Marriage retreat.
Professionally, Jennifer has been in nonprofit work for over 25 years. For the first eleven years of her career, Jennifer learned the foundations of nonprofit management at a nonprofit in Wheaton, IL ultimately working in senior leadership with responsibility for strategizing financial viability, donor messaging, and crisis management.

When she and Patric moved to Philly to work at Serge, Jennifer devoted her time to staying at home with their son Parker, while volunteering at their church and at Serge. In 2010, Veritus Group recruited her to join their team helping nonprofits reach their fundraising goals, mainly in major gifts. Since then, Jennifer has managed dozens of clients and helped hundreds of individuals, gaining tremendous insight herself from these wonderful people.

She is thrilled that God has opened a door to bring the experiences he has given her to benefit an organization about which she cares so deeply.

Finance Director

Jerry Kimbro

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Human Resources Leader

Anita Wessner

Anita’s love for missions began as a high school graduate on an Indian reservation in Bloomfield, N. M., where she served at the Navajo Brethren in Christ Mission and Boarding School. After completing a year of service, she attended Messiah College, graduated from Ashland University, and began a career in Human Resources. For 18 years, her heart for loving people through missions lay dormant while she developed administrative expertise in the corporate world, earned PHR and SPHR certifications, and advanced in her career as a key human resources leader with NMS Labs.

She joined Serge in September 2011 as Human Resources Leader, where she combines HR administration with a heart for loving people. She is married to Andy, who manages rental units in the Poconos and specializes in building and property maintenance. They reside in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and attend Calvary Chapel in Philadelphia.

Our Board

Officers

Craig Wood
Chairman
Attorney
Charlottesville, VA

Brad Allison
Vice Chairman
Pastor
Birmingham, AL

Ivan Jones
Secretary/Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer
Vacaville, CA

Members

Nancy Briggs
Christian Ministry/Education | Charlottesville, VA

Horace Lamb
CPA | Arlington, VA

Phyllis Calhoun
Homemaker | Winston-Salem, NC

Kevin McMullen
Medical Director | Indianapolis, IN

Andy Coats
Business Executive – retired | Birmingham, AL

Cindy Pfister
Education | Nashville, TN

Tamara Ehlert
Facial Plastic Surgeon – retired | St. Louis, MO

Jimmy Rousey
CEO Investments – Banking | Hustonville, KY

Loretta Erickson
Business Executive | Fernandina Beach, FL

Michael Tibbetts
Ophthalmologist/Business Executive | Fort Myers, FL

Irwyn Ince
Pastor & Executive Director | Washington, DC

Brian Whisler
Attorney | Oakton, VA

Robert Kim
Pastor & Professor | St. Louis, MO

Our Founder

Dr. Jack Miller

Serge (formerly World Harvest Mission) was organized under the leadership of Dr. Jack Miller, a pastor, evangelist and author. In the late 1970s, the missions-outreach of the congregation he founded and pastored, New Life Presbyterian Church, was spreading beyond that local body.

Other church leaders gathered with Dr. Miller to work together in wider ministry. After many informal missions trips to Ireland and Uganda, Serge was officially established in 1983.

Today, Serge has over 300 missionaries serving in over 25 countries around the world.

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